The Colfax Friends of the Library are hosting a celebration on Saturday at the Colfax Library.
For more than 30 years, the Colfax library collection was squeezed into 1,870 square feet in a building at the corner of Church and Main Streets.
While Placer County Library Services had attempted to find another location in Colfax for several years, they were unable to find an adequate site.
Four years ago, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of the 93-year-old building and gave the go-ahead to renovate the 3,600 square foot building for use by the library.
In the summer of 2009, work began on the building. Numerous improvements were made to the building, including upgraded parking, exterior and interior paint, a new entry with improved access for handicapped individuals, electrical, mechanical and structural upgrades and new fire-sprinkler and alarm systems as well as new windows, doors and roof.
With the renovations complete, the Friends want to give back to the community that has supported their numerous fundraisers to purchase furnishings and equipment for the library.
“You gave us your unwavering support as we worked toward our goal of a new library facility for Colfax. We thank you for your years of support,” said Friends of the Library President Heidi Johnson. “Please come and help us celebrate. It’s your party.”
Saturday’s festivities will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the library.
Pete Hanson and the Flutecakes will perform a combination of semi-popular and classical music throughout the event. The group has been performing together for three years, Hanson said.
A Colfax resident for 45 years, Hanson taught music at Colfax High School from 1965 to 1976.
Three local authors will join the festivities to sell and autograph their books. Each has offered to donate a portion of book sales to the Friends.
At the event will be children’s book author and artist Laurie Barrows of Alta.
Also on hand will be former Colfax resident Marty Strauss, author of “Tale of the Golden Whale” and “Ice to Fire.”
Weimar resident Suzie Iventosch will be on hand with her cookbook, “Tax Bites & Tasty Morsels, Who's Been Eating My Pie."
Copies of Placer Grown’s cookbook, “Real Food” by Joanne Neft and Laura Kenney will be on sale.
For the younger library patrons, there will be a bounce house set up in the parking lot. Colfax’s Penny the Clown will be inside offering face painting from noon to 3 p.m.
A special edition T-shirt, featuring a design created by artist and former Colfax Library Branch Manager Andrea Spark, will be on sale.
Finally, an extensive array of finger food will be prepared by Hanford’s Catering of Auburn, noted Johnson.
Grand opening celebration
When: From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Colfax Library, 2 Church at Main St.
Hosted by Colfax Friends of Library, event features food, music, book signings by local authors, face painting and bounce house